The glory of God through us, His creation, is not our putting forth effort to hit an ideal or to align with a creed or even getting to heaven. It’s accomplishing things that show His character, His Name in this earth in spite of the influence of culture. That which is in heaven comes to earth through an earthen vessel (Jer.18:4-6; Matt.6:10) and continually points back to its Source in heaven (Matt.5:16).
May the Lord God take you beyond weariness as He carries you from strength to strength, faith to faith, and glory to glory.
”They go from STRENGTH TO STRENGTH, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.” (Ps.84:7, KJV)
”For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from FAITH TO FAITH: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Rom.1:17, KJV)
”But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from GLORY TO GLORY, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2Cor.3:18, KJV)
At the end of this year may there be a long list of people whose lives were affected and changed to the glory of God because of the display of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom through our lives.
”But I obtained mercy for the reason that in me, as the foremost [of sinners], Jesus Christ might show forth and display all His perfect long-suffering and patience for an example to [encourage] those who would thereafter believe on Him for [the gaining of] eternal life.”(1Tim.1:16, Amp)
The glory of God through us, His creation, is not our putting forth effort to hit an ideal or to align with a creed or even getting to heaven. It’s accomplishing things that show His character, His Name in this earth in spite of the influence of culture. That which is in heaven comes to earth through an earthen vessel (Jer.18:4-6; Matt.6:10) and continually points back to its Source in heaven (Matt.5:16). That is why Jesus could say, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” because He never misrepresented the Father, no matter how hard people (and the devil) tried to get Him to adjust to their expectations. “Glory” can be translated “excellence”. If we stop short of the excellent purpose and use of God’s power in our life, we have stopped short of His glory. The glory of God through us is purpose revealed and realized. Thayer says that “glory” means “splendor, brightness of the moon”. We only speak of the beauty of the moon because it is reflecting the sun, and the only reason there is reflection is because of the power of the sun. We can only show forth the glory of Him who sits on the throne in heaven. Let us ask, “What of my life points back to heaven?” We are not come-shorters; we are go-forthers whose lives bring attention and recognition to the redemptive God of the ages.
(This is the last excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. More excerpts were posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
The oranges on the orange tree are the “glory” of that tree. Birds are “wired” to fly, i.e., they are meant to fly. Fish are “wired” to swim, i.e., they are meant to swim. Horses are “wired” to run, i.e., they are meant to run. Every time a bird flies, it glorifies God because it is doing what God created it for. Every time a fish swims, it glorifies God. Every time a horse runs, it glorifies God. Those three animals are showing the purpose for which they were created and reflect their Creator when they fly, swim and run.
Every time a person does or says the things God specifically “wired” them to do, at whatever level they do it, they glorify God. Eagles have been clocked at 75 mph. They have been observed flying at 10,000 feet altitude. They are glorifying God as they fly at that altitude and at that speed. Sparrows have been clocked at 40 mph and have been observed flying at 300 feet altitude. But the sparrow is glorifying God just as much as the eagle. We Americans love “eagles” and put them on TV at great cost and we make sure they are able to rent huge auditoriums and stadiums but they are not glorifying God any more than the “sparrows” that speak and act redemptively at home, on the job, on the campus, in the hospital, in the downtown mission or jail, in the nursing home, in the store or restaurant. Jesus spent a great deal more time with three than He did with 5,000. Eagles and sparrows equally glorify God in the respective spheres He created them for.
(This is the eleventh excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
Jesus was a Tree who brought forth fruit (Jn.12:28; 17:1). Jesus was the Kingdom exposed to mankind. In Jesus, the Kingdom was observed; in His lifestyle, His character, His actions (Matt.12:28). The fact that He brought forth fruit is the fact that He was the glory of His Father in the earth. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn.1:14, NASB) In his new book, The Orphan Heart, Larry Burden gives an interesting definition of “glory” from the Greek word “doxa”: “the appearance, form or aspect of a person which catches our attention and commands our recognition”. The Message puts it like this: “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” (Jn.1:14, Msg) Though the Father was sitting upon a throne in heaven, He could be seen in the earth in Jesus as He interacted with His environment.
(This is the ninth excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
The Radiance of His Glory
When Heb 1:3 says He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, one thing it is saying is that Jesus never misrepresented the Father. That is why when Philip demanded, “Show us the Father” Jesus could say, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”(Jn14:9) As the radiance of His glory Jesus did not glow but He lived out the character of God where it could be seen and benefited from. The character of the Father radiated out of the life that Jesus lived. That is the purpose of the Word of His power working mightily in us.